What is an estate sale?

It used to be the wording used for the liquidation of a deceased persons personal property was sold. Today it has become a generic term in most states for the liquidation of personal property whether the owners are alive or deceased. Read More »

Bonded and Insured: What it does

When an estate sales company advertises it is bonded and insured in means they have purchased Liability Insurance and a Surety Bond. Not all companies do this. It is not a requirement in every state and is often the choice of the individual company. Read More »

What is USPAP?

USPAP is an acronym for Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; the mandatory guidelines that govern the performance of all licensed and certified appraisers. The goal of USPAP is to promote and maintain a high level of public trust in appraisal practice by establishing requirements for appraisers. Read More »

Estate Sales Costs

Every estate sales company operates differently. Here is an overview of what you might encounter depending on the company. Read More »


What’s Happening With Estate Sale Attendance?

What’s happening with estate sale attendance?

This past weekend several estate sale companies in the west posted photos of the lines at their estate sales.

Many estate sale companies had hundreds of people lined up. In many cases where the sales lasted three to four days with discounting on days two through four they sold to the walls.

Some east coast companies have discussed this hasn’t been the scenario for them.

Sellers, it is important to realize that your location and what you have for sale can make a huge difference.

There are southern estate sale companies as well as midwest estate sale companies that have also had high or low attendance and sales. Location and the economy in the area are very important.

When you sit down to discuss your sale with your estate liquidator talk about location and the economy.

Ask what they expect and will they be discounting and how. Talk about your goal. Is it to empty the property? Are you going to be upset if discounts are given and items don’t sell for what had been hoped for.

One estate sale company conducted a pop up sale without a lengthy detailed description. They have a large email list of regulars. They emailed them about the sale along with the ads that were placed. Having an email list of regular customers can be crucial to a sales success. The featured photo shows the line of hundreds of people for this sale. This is just a sample of what’s happening at many estate sales.

Whereever you are located talk to your estate sale company about realistic expectations. Question what will be necessary to achieve success.

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Cyber Attack On Twitter Prevents EstateSalesNews.com Tweet

A cyber attack on Twitter prevented EstateSalesNews.com from tweeting it’s Friday article. We were able to tweet the article late Friday afternoon.

Twitter wasn’t the only website attacked. It also involved Netflix and other major websites.

It is important to call this to our audience attention. Cyber attacks can occur on any website. This is disconcerting about social media sites because thousand of estate liquidators use them.

This is an important concern for any estate sale company using social media.

As perspective sellers or buyers be sure if you receive emails on a regular basis that you check the estate sale company website in case an email does not arrive on schedule in your mail box so you won’t miss any news or upcoming estate sale info.


Start Shopping Now For Christmas At Estate Sales

Start shopping now for Christmas at estate sales.

Online retailers such as Amazon, Overstock and Wayfair are already advertising sales for Christmas.

What is more amazing is online shopping is becoming more popular by the day.

Thanksgiving weekend which use to kick off the Christmas shopping season is less than 5 weeks away.

Now is the time for estate sale companies to get their Christmas shopping advertising into gear. So much can be done by estate sale companies and gained by buyers.

This is the time to mention in each estate sale description what is available that would make great Christmas gifts or decorations.

Utilize social media to showcase your current and upcoming estate sales. Be sure to write in a way that the buying public can see the reason to buy their gifts at estate sales. Facebook is particularly beneficial to present sales to a broad based public audience.


Estate Sale Etiquette Is Important Any Time Of The Year

Estate sale etiquette is important any time of the year.

Buyers are what makes an estate sale a financial success or bust, however, buyers  should follow some basic etiquette for estate sales.

EstateSalesNews.com hears often from estate sales liquidators from across the country. All of them agree that during that over the last few years, the buyers showing up at estate sales have become increasingly demanding and on occasion difficult to work with or satisfy.

Buyers become argumentative in lining up for entrance into estate sales.

All most all estate sale companies post their terms and conditions on estate sale listing advertising websites. Please read. See what entrance system, if any they are using. Don’t create chaos.


Estate Sale Companies Advertising More On Social Media

Estate sale companies are using social media advertising more and more.

Reaching broader targeted audiences while controlling costs and not be in direct competition with other estate sales makes social media perfect for estate sale companies. Social media advertising is playing a key roll in advertising and expanding the reach of estate sale companies.

Facebook and Instagram are seeing the largest increases in use.

Estate sale companies can use Instagram for free, and boosting a post on Facebook can cost whatever an estate sale company wants to pay. An estate liquidator can also target their audience.

Estate sale companies still use estate sale advertising websites, however, as competition continues to grow they are looking to new outlets to reach audiences.

You will need to be a member of Facebook and Instagram, however, it is free. If you choose you can receive only notifications from estate sale companies in your area. You can put a “like” on the page for the estate sale company or companies you follow.

Facebook has the largest audience and targeting audiences can include people who like vintage, antiques, collectors, etc.

Instagram showcases photos without them competing with the photos of other estate sale companies.

Twitter also is a social media tool, but isn’t used as much as Facebook and Instagram.

Check out these social media websites today. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are rapidly approaching. If you love estate sales and shop weekly don’t miss out. A great time to shop at estate sales.

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Estate Sales Friday

It’s estate sales Friday. There are many estate sales across the country.

East coast to west coast, north to south estate sales are happening by the thousands.

High end estate sales, hoarder sales, estate sales with collections, privately listed estate sales.

If you are looking for an estate sale company this is a great weekend to go out and visit estate sales in your area.

Check out the way they handle entering the sale. How does the estate sale appear. Is it staged well? Are signs posted about all sales final, no returns, forms of payments accepted, security and more?

Look at the way items are priced and tagged. Did they use tags, adhesive tape, stickers and what type of items were they placed on. Ephemera especially should be carefully tagged (best in a plastic bag) and then a sticker on the bag so no damage to the item.

It is also time to think about what you might need for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Now is a great time to start shopping for dishes, glassware, flatware, decorations etc.

A reminder – PLEASE read the terms, conditions, and descriptions of each estate sale on the various advertising websites. Being empowered with knowledge before attending an estate sale is very important for many reasons.

Bring you estate sale kit with you, including flashlight, bags and boxes, wrapping, water and a loop or magnifying glass..

Be sure to check out each one of these estate sale advertising websites. Many estate liquidators only use one advertising website. Don’t forget to check out Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

Happy shopping and here is where you can find estate sales this weekend.





Industrial Estate Sale Antique Medical Mid Century This Week

Merritt Island, Florida which just experienced hurricane Matthew will be the site of an industrial estate sale antique medical mid century this week.

This will be conducted by Estate Sales By Southern Trading. The home was owned by a doctor who collected all kinds of industrial medical equipment.

The doctor had a large collection of camera equipment. One of his collections included WWII memorabilia in this sales too.

This estate sale will take place October 14, 15, and 16. Click this link for photos, terms and conditions and a list of major items in this unique estate sale. Below are a few photos of what to expect in this unique estate sale.






Do You Collect Marbles? Look For Them At Estate Sales

Do you collect marbles?

There is a marble identification public group on Facebook and we would like to share with you some of the beauty marbles offer.

Do you attend estate sales? Look for them. Start a new colorful collection.14567417_1171669689583637_3168230326201735602_o14444790_1166495313434408_1137588846592371077_o 14615853_1171672326250040_8779616518975003498_o







Weather Effects On Estate Sales – Open, Closed Go Or No

Weather effects on estate sales can take their toll, however, safety for all is the primary concern.

Hurricane Matthew is heading to the east coast of Florida. Hurricane warnings are up as far inland as Orlando.

This is not stopping some estate sale companies from starting their estate sales today in the central Florida area.

Looking on estate sale advertising websites in the metro Orlando area, several estate sale companies are opening their sales this morning for most of the day. These companies have included in their ads that they will be closed tomorrow for the hurricane.

EstateSalesNews.com has also found some companies that have postponed their estate sales until next weekend.

This is a judgement call for each estate sale company. We wonder though with the warnings in effect, the number of closed businesses, schools etc. if conducting an estate sale even today is a wise idea.

Conducting estate sales when the weather is bad (hurricanes, blizzards, flooding rains) is risky for several reasons. Having estate sale company owners and their staff driving to and from the sale is a concern. Looking for buyers to come out to shop also is questionable.

Roads may be clogged with last minute people buying hurricane supplies or driving to shelters. Having a full tank of gas in your automobile is a must in case of power loss. Keeping cash on hand is another consideration.

EstateSalesNews.com wishes all of the residents that will be affected by hurricane Matthew to be safe.


Film TV Costumer’s Sale Halloween To Vintage

A film/TV costumer’s sale Halloween to Vintage. Again L.A. Estate Sales is conducting an estate sale in Arleta, CA for a woman who put together costumes for film, stage, promotional events and more. Overwhelming amount of vintage to contemporary womens clothing in a variety of sizes.

The sale includes fun hats, accessories, fabrics. You’ll even find mens glittery tuxedos to Road Warrior garb.

Again L.A. Estate Sales will be selling an RV at this sale.

This sale starts Thursday, October 6th for three days. Make sure to read the entire ad, terms and conditions of the sale. Be prepared for a fun packed day of shopping.

You can also find this sale on Facebook at www.facebook/againLA and on Instagram www.instagram.com/again_l.a

To view more information on this amazing sale Click Here For A Link.